LeBron James continues to defy father time.
For the fourth time this season, James scored at least 40 points, collecting 46 points as the the lakers lost at the LA Clippers on Tuesday night, 133-115.
James made history in the losing effort, becoming the first player to score 40 points against everyone. 30 NBA teams.
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James hit nine of his 14 3-point attempts: the most of the three James has done in a single game, while adding eight rebounds and seven assists.
In his 20th season in the NBA, James hasn’t skipped a beat, averaging 30.2 points per game, as the Lakers have struggled to hover around .500.
“I was able to make some shots tonight and try to help us stay in the game,” James said. “But the Clippers are really good. Exceptionally good when they shoot 3-pointers, and they did that tonight.”
The Clippers, who beat the Lakers for the 10th straight game, shot 50% from beyond the three-point line and took a 23-point halftime lead.
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Paul George and Kawhi Leonard combined for 52 points, while Norman Powell contributed 22 points from the bench for the clippers.
“We forced them to take really difficult shots, and they were just hitting them,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said. “Against a great team like that, you have to play almost perfect to overcome that deficit.”
James’ fourth 40-point game of the 2022-23 season moved him within 177 points of by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar All-time NBA scoring record.
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“I came to this place without even thinking about it,” James said. “Just being in the moment, trying to play the game the right way. Even tonight, as I shot the ball, I was still trying to distribute my guys, to make sure they felt some kind of rhythm. That’s always how I’ve played the game.”
The loss dropped the Lakers to 22-26 on the season, 1.5 games behind the Golden State Warriors for 10th place in the Western Conference.
Associated Press contributed to this report